Srinagar: A complete shutdown was observed in different parts of South Kashmir on Tuesday to mourn the death of three unidentified militants in Pampore yesterday. Authorities imposed restrictions and made heavy security arrangements to thwart protests.
People observed a shutdown in Pampore, Pulwama, Tral, Awantipora, Panthachowk, Sempora, Kakapora, Samboora, Khrew and other adjoining areas. All the Shops and business establishments were closed while traffic remained off the roads.
Youth resorted to stone-pelting in Awantipora, Pampore town and Barsoo. Police used teargas and pepper gas shells against the protesters. No one was injured in the clashes. Locals alleged that paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force damaged the vehicles and windowpanes of several residential houses.
Reports from Anantnag said that shortly after stone-pelting, CRPF personnel barged into houses and damaged windowpanes of the residential houses. Stone-pelting incidents were also reported from Muran Chowk of Pulwama district.
Meanwhile funeral prayers in absentia were offered for the slain militants in Samboora, Khrew, Shar Shali and Ladho areas of Pampore and Khankah-e-Faiz Tral. Thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers after announcements were made from Masjids appealing people to join in. Police however foiled assembly of people in Pampore town and did not allow funeral prayers in absentia. Police sealed Namblabal area and imposed restrictions as soon as announcements were made from local Masjid.
Three militants, five security personnel and a civilian were killed in a 48-hour long gun fight at Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) building in Pampore area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.